hi friends! i’m back with another furniture painting tutorial on how to use chalk paint to get a weathered wood Restoration Hardware finish.
here’s my inspiration. a wonderful wood pier that we visited on our summer road trip.
the irony is that the piece i was painting, was in fact, a real Restoration Hardware dresser….from the early 2000s when everything was dark dark dark…and depressing. admit it, you went through the phase. and now, you may still have a piece or two left laying about.
but never fear. this is a very simple technique to completely change the look. so grab your Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, some 80 grit sandpaper, and let’s begin!
first, start with a base of Pure White. notice that while the paint looks haphazard, i’m still going along the grain of the wood. this is important bc we’ll be using the sandpaper to give it a wood grain look and texture.
as you can see, i use rubber gloves, a syringe, and painted this on carpet, which made me super duper nervous. if you look really closely, you’ll see the top of a Heinz Ketchup container. i’ve found that it’s PERFECT for holding custom mixed paint. the squeeze top saves mess. upcycling at its best!
ok, next step is using your very coarse sand paper and going along the grain while the paint is still slightly tacky. i like to do this while the paint is still a touch wet so that more paint comes up and the dark wood shows more. sand with the wood grain, making sure you wipe off any chunks of paint from the bottom of the sand paper as you go. distress along the edges to your liking.
then, apply a coat of dark wax…again going with the wood grain. i prefer using an old t-shirt as it’s so soft and smooth and this piece doesn’t have any woodwork detail (flowers, doodads, antique edges, etc.). the goal here is to achieve a layered look. channel thoughts of the beach, sand, and an old busted up boardwalk or pier. that’s the look we love, right?!
you can see that i wasn’t totally uniform with the dark wax application, and that’s on purpose. i wanted to preserve some of the white from below so that the dresser has more visual appeal.
to make the piece stand out a bit more, i chose to leave the drawer frame as white, and only applied clear wax on that portion.
then to finalize the piece, i used a coat of clear wax all over and put the drawer pulls back on. and voila!
a beachy dresser for a beachy house.
i ordered these shells at shellshorizon.com. not a fancy website, but definitely great and affordable products! and you know these are real b/c when you open the box…WHEW, it smells like stinky seaweed. so let your shells sit out in the sun for a few days to air out!
here’s the entire room all put together. i’ve still got to paint that mirror. here are some pix of the entire house.
thanks to my good buddy Jimmy Cheng, for the gorgeous pix he took of the house. if you’re looking for an awesome event or real estate photographer in Southern California, he’s your guy!
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